First round awards announced for District Grant Program

First round awards announced for District Grant Program

Twelve organizations received funding to start recycling programs or to buy products made from recycled materials in the first round of competitive funding offered by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District.

The grant program’s main priority is to set up recycling programs for educational institutions, governmental entities or non-profit organizations. Any agency applying must have a recycling program in place in order to apply for funds for products made from recycled material. The applicant must match a minimum of 20% of the total project cost, and products must contain at least 25% recycled material.

Entities receiving funding include: Allen Township Trustees, $4,187 to purchase fencing; Ballville Township Trustees, $9,000 for playground surfacing made from recycled rubber; Bellevue Recreation Department, $2,790 to purchase playground surfacing fiber made from recycled material; Camp Fire Buckeye Council, $1,460 to purchase recycled plastic picnic tables and a sign; Fostoria Fire Department, $5,900 for cribbing made from recycled plastic; Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, $2,961 to expand their recycling service and to purchase a sign; Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, $2,000 to purchase a recycled plastic sign;

Portage Township Trustees, $1,195 to purchase ceiling material made of recycled content for their community room; St. Boniface Catholic School, $3,386 for recycled plastic benches, picnic tables and waste & recycling receptacles; Seneca County Park District, $1,986 for recycled plastic signs; Townsend Township Trustees, $7,319 to purchase fencing; and Woodmore Schools, $900 to expand their recycling service and to purchase plastic bottle receptacles.

Amy Drummer, Assistant Director of the Solid Waste District, administers the grant program and sees the direct benefits to the community.“These grants provide an opportunity for local organizations to create or expand recycling programs,” said Drummer. “The purchase of recycled products provides the public examples of items that are made from the materials they recycle every day.”

The next funding round deadline for the Competitive Funding Program is June 30th, 2014. The grant application is available online; however, grant applicants are required to attend a meeting prior to submitting an application. The purpose of the meeting is to explain what information is needed to properly fill out the grant application form. The next meeting will be held Thursday, May 29, at 10 a.m at the District’s Main office, 1875 E. State Street, Fremont. Registration for the meeting is required. For more information or to register for the meeting, contact Assistant Director, Amy Drummer toll free at 1-888-850-7224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To view grant guidelines and application or for recycling information, view the OSS Solid Waste District’s website at Get connected with the District on Facebook by searching Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene and hitting the like button, or on Twitter by searching OSS Solid Waste @Aim2BGreen.

The Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District was formed in March 1989 under HB 592, which required counties to form single or multi-county solid waste districts.  The District has developed a solid waste plan which ensures disposal capacity for the next 15 years. The District also sponsors waste reduction, recycling, and reuse programs designed to increase recycling to meet state waste reduction goals.

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